Preparing an Abstract for ACES (2010-11-30)
Because ACES celebrates student research and creativity, all potential presentations (both oral and poster) must reflect the author's first-hand investigative efforts. As such, a presentation that serves primarily as a summary of other scholar's research (i.e., a literature review) is not appropriate to this venue.
In preparing an ACES abstract, each student author should be certain to address the following:
• A clear statement of the central issue to be investigated
• A description of the results of the study, including reference to what was investigated (i.e., data, texts, etc.)
• An interpretation of the study's results
• A note as to the significance of the findings as they relate to your discipline
Unlike many academic conferences, which are quite often organized around a single discipline, ACES attracts an audience made up of individuals from a range of academic fields: students and judges come from all of UT Arlington's nine colleges and schools. Given this important fact, students participating in ACES should strive to write abstracts and presentations/posters that can effectively communicate to a general but well-educated audience. To this end, all work submitted to ACES should be (relatively) free of discipline-specific jargon.
All abstracts submitted for consideration will be reviewed by a faculty panel. Abstracts that are evaluated as "Requires Revision" will be returned to the author, who will be invited to revise and resubmit the work within a prescribed time period (to be determined by the Abstract Review Committee).
For more tips on preparing an abstract, consult this ACES Abstracts: Guidelines for Students PowerPoint document.